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#1 Tycoon_75

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 08:43 PM

Hello,
When I wanted to search a file today, I realised I didn't have any Search Assistant options to choose. I mean the assistant appears but nothing to choose below (like 'All files or folders'). And when I click on Start - Search(or Find, not sure because my Xp is Turkish) a window opens but without a title, and nothing happens when I click Tools - Folder Options. (Although Folder Options can be opened from other windows, e.g. My computer or C:)

So, what's my problem? What have I done wrong? My one-year-old son was on the computer yesterday clicking the mouse and pressing the buttons on the keyboard randomly. I think this is the cause of the problem or perhaps my computer is infected. I will be very happy if you could help me. Thanks..

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:33 PM

Try doing a System Restore, choose a date prior to your problem.

Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.

When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.
The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that you want and then click Next> to start the System Restore, you may get the message telling you that you will have to restart your computer to start, click ok. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:34 PM

Hi,
Welcome to BC. I see that you have run Combofix. This might be the problem. Was the tool run with the assistance of a trained helper? If your computer was infected, and you didn't not purge your system restore after the cleanup you might reinfect your computer by running system restore.
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:54 PM

Hello again,
I tried doing a system restore but when I clicked System Restore in System Tools, nothing happened. I did the same for a second time and a blank window opened.

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I closed that window, tried to start it again and nothing happened. I tried to start it once more and that blank window opened again. So the first time you try to start it, nothing happens and if you do it again a blank window comes up.
I had a look at System Restore in services.msc and it says "Started". I stopped and then re-started it but nothing changed. So in this case I think it looks like formatting and re-installing Windows. I scanned my hard drives with Eset Smart Security and no threats were found. But I know from experience that E.S.S. can't detect all malicious software. Perhaps this is the work of some viruses running in background. Anyway thanx a lot for your help.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:23 PM

Hi Tycoon,
Again I think this may well be secondary to combofix. If your computer is clean you could consider a Repair Install instead of a Clean Install (reformat). It will preserve your data. You will find instructions here @ ttp://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 01:28 AM

Hello,
I read the article you recommended and slipstreamed my xp installation cd with SP3. I started doing a repair installation but during the installation I met with the blue screen which stated that a serious error was detected and my windows was shut down to protect it. I tried doing it three more times but the same "windows stopped" screen interrupted the installation. Then I decided to install windows xp after formatting my hard drive. ( I'd backed up all the data on drive c: previously.) Now I have my xp sp3 back and in excellent condition although it took quite some time. By the way the article you offered, (How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install) and the other articles referred ("Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2" and "Windows XP Crashed? Here's Help; A salvage mission into the depths of Windows XP") and the Warnings #1, 2, 3 were really informative and do contain a lot of useful tips and solutions. I helped a couple of friends with NTLDR problem, for example. Knowing there are people willing to help you out of hardware and software problems really makes me feel proud and confident (Internet doesn't mean viruses or deceving people only. These are the "good sides" of Internet.) Thank you very much indeed for your help.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:19 AM

Glad to help. :thumbsup:
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